11.17.2005

Support during the postpartum period

This is my first blog so I thought I would begin with an issue that I think is so important for the woman who has just given birth, whether it is her first child or her fourth. Support! You can never have enough. Support is found in your husband, mother, sister, best friend, neighbor, co-workers and even older siblings. As a postpartum doula, I work with new moms every day and see how important it is for them to have someone to lean on, someone who they can count on for physical help, emotional help or just to have someone who will listen to them. A new moms life has changed drastically overnight and not every woman is prepared for these changes, or you may be prepared yet totally overwhelmed. This is all natural and very common to feel so overwhelmed by everything that is going on around you and also the physical changes that are taking place in your body. This is the time to ask for help, or except it when offered. If someone offers to care for your baby so you can go upstairs and take a much deserved nap, say YES! You can't do your baby or partner much good if you are exhausted. The United States is one of the only countries that expects a woman to bounce right back to pre-pregnancy mode immediately after the birth of her baby. Some countries feel the new mom needs to rest and be taken care of from six weeks to up to six months. Now that's what I'm talking about!!!!!
Please comment on any issues you may want to hear about or discuss concerning the period after birth to about three months. I hope to make this a regular blog for important issues for the new mom. Thanks, Linda

1 Comments:

Blogger newhavenmama said...

Oh, Linda...if I only knew you when... (smile).

1:44 PM  

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